April 20, 2007
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Now let's tackle Janet's question on whether all the bad symptoms
on her computer are a sign that she needs to replace her machine.
Well, Janet, I think there are many people out there in the world
with older computers who are probably in the same shoes that
you are in--where the computer is giving you so much trouble that
you must decide whether to revive it or simply start over by buying
a new machine.
From the responses from many members who submitted their help to you
this past week, you'll see that many people believe your computer
is salvageable and may just need some maintenance, possibly even
a reinstall of your operating system which will in turn make it run
like a champ again. Many members also gave advice on when it's really
time to replace a computer. And for the most part, the way you
personally utilize the computer should dictate when it is time
to move on, because as one member put it, "do not replace your
computer...until your computer can no longer handle your needs
successfully", but that of course applies only if your computer
is stable and in good health. There are a lot of great opinions and
recommendations submitted, so read through them all. I have selected
a few potential winning answers for members to vote on--and as
reminder, please read the submissions before casting your vote
for the most helpful answer. Have a great weekend, and if you have
additional advice to offer Janet and others, swing on by and
continue posting answers. Thanks, all!
Member Question of the Week
What are the warning signs that any PC needs to be replaced?
Is it when a computer says open me in the safe mode? Is it a
computer that cycles through the opening windows but never
gets to the desktop screen? Is it when my computer won't let
me print, or it corrupts my Microsoft documents when it tries
to save them? Is there anything that can be done to give CPR
to my computer and save it from the recycle heap? Or is it
really just time to give it up and move on to new PC?
Janet H. of Rancho Cordova, California
Vote for the most helpful answer
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Answer by waytron (Read submission)
(Note: these answers selected below are not listed in any particular order,
so please read the answer before casting your vote. Thanks!)
Answer by gwhicks (Read submission)
Answer by Watzman (Read submission)
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Answer by Paul Kimelman (Read submission)
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Previous week's Q&AThe votes are in! Below is the answer voted most helpful by our community to last week's question.
Dear members, I'm thinking of phasing out my desktop PC and
just going with a laptop for full-time computing at home, on
the go, wherever. I have accessories to plug in when I'm at
home, including a desktop printer, scanner, external hard
disk, cable modem, and speakers with an amp. I know I'll
probably need a dock as well, but I'm not sure what else. Is
this a good idea? What should I do to prepare for such a
Each year I see an increasing number of computer users are trading
their Desktop computers for Laptop/notebook computers. The shift
from Desktop PCs to Laptops has been sparked primarily by
lower priced laptops as well as the convenience of Wireless networks,
which are everywhere. I think that as people use their computers
more and increase the number of hours that they spend in front
Dana (Member: waytron)
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I recently purchased a new desktop preloaded with Windows Vista Home.
But after some frustrating moments of attempting to install and run
a few of my favorite programs, I've realized that Vista just isn't
playing nice and simply just won't run them! On top of that I even
have a couple of peripherals left out in the cold because of a driver
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I've decided that the best thing to do is go back to Windows XP
because everything worked flawlessly on my old system--but how do I go about it? What are all the necessary steps I need
to take to get me going on my new machine with XP loaded on it?
Can I use the system recovery disk from my old XP computer
to replace Vista with XP on my new computer?
Or will I have to buy another copy of Windows XP? Thank you
for any help you can provide.
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